Hidden Gems Two-Day Mt Fuji Sightseeing Tour By Car

   By Car
   Panoramic Views
   Art, Culture and Outdoors

Tour highlights:
  • discover picture-perfect views of Mt Fuji known only to locals that tourists rarely see
  • our private car takes you to the 5th Station on Mt Fuji's slopes where you'll enjoy panoramic vistas from above the clouds
  • sightsee on the shores of all of the Fuji Five Lakes, plus a little-known but spectacular remote lake, all of which offer breathtaking waterfront views of Mt Fuji
  • visit a beautifully-preserved ancient village of thatched-roof houses where local artisans display traditional crafts
  • see a majestic waterfall and Fuji's bucolic western highlands that are among the celebrated 100 Views of Japan
  • take a short stroll in the famous Aokigahara "Sea of Trees" Forest
  • stand beside a historic pagoda that frames the quintessential snapshot of Mt Fuji
  • see the iconic mountain framed by cherry trees that flower in spring and maples whose leaves turn red in fall
  • explore a captivating shrine in a grove of giant cedar trees
  • visit a park where seasonal blooms foreground Fuji
  • relax in an award-winning hot spring at the end of the tour
  • unlike most of our tours, this one involves no bike riding

Duration: 2 full days
Departs from: Kawaguchiko Train Station
Tour fee: ¥57,000/person for 3 or more people, ¥85,000/person for 2 people or ¥170,000 for 1 person
What's included: Private car and driver, English-speaking guides, lunch, bottled water and snacks, toll for the road to Mt Fuji's 5th Station, entrance fees for artisans' village and hot spring bathhouse

Description: Discover the spectacular beauty of Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes region with the help of our team of guides who bring you by private car to a curated selection of the area's most sublime locations, including off-the-beaten-path treasures most tourists miss. Among the places you'll visit where magnificent natural settings frame views of Mt Fuji are the dazzling Shiraito Falls, mesmerizing but little-known Lake Tanuki and the picturesque farms, valleys and peaks of the Asagiri Highlands.

See gorgeous seasonal attractions like corridors of cherry trees in bloom, hillsides blanketed by snowy evergreens, tunnels of maple branches dressed in fiery colors and fields of flowers that foreground Fuji's silhouette. Go at your own pace as you take in each breathtaking scene and, if you're a photography enthusiast, set up your ideal shots.

You'll visit a wide variety of extraordinary sites that show off Mount Fuji or juxtapose the region's impressive cultural and architectural features with natural environments of incredible beauty. Stops on the journey include an atmospheric shrine in a grove of giant cedar trees and an enchanting promenade where swans can be seen floating across Fuji's reflection on the surface of a lake. At a beautifully-preserved ancient village in the countryside, you'll have the opportunity to see the work of local artisans who create traditional hand-made ceramics, wood carvings, paintings and indigo-dyed fabrics.

This tour's wide-ranging itinerary takes you to the emerald moss-blanketed paths of the famous Aokigahara "Sea of Trees" Forest, to cherry tree-lined lanes that wind among traditional thatched-roof farmhouses and to vista points on the forested slopes of Japan's highest peak. Photography enthusiasts can explore endless possibilities for composition where a dazzling waterfall foregrounds Mt Fuji, at wildflower-dotted pastoral farms and beside ancient pagodas.

Your two days of exploration are capped by a soothing visit to one of Japan's finest hot spring bathhouses where Mt Fuji can be seen from the spa's outdoor tubs.

Whether you're a casual sightseer or a serious photographer, this tour offers you an excellent way to experience the best attractions in the region, from the must-see postcard views to the hidden gems only a local knows. We also offer a half-day version and a full-day version of this tour.

Day 1
  • Meet our guides at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Ride up the Subaru Line Road on Mt Fuji's slopes in our support car (typically 75 minutes)
    • Stop at vista points along the road to enjoy views of the Fuji Five Lakes region below
    • At the 5th Station on Mt Fuji's slopes, take in views of the mountain's peak above and the landscapes and "sea of clouds" below
  • Ride back down Mt Fuji's slopes in our support car (typically 40 minutes)
  • Short break for snacks
  • Visit Arakurayama Sengen Park (typically 45 minutes)
    • view Mt Fuji framed by the Sengen Shrine's gate
    • walk up 400 steps to Chureito Pagoda
    • enjoy views of Mt Fuji framed by the pagoda, along with cherry blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in autumn
  • Our support car brings you to the locations with the best views around Lake Yamanaka (typically 90 minutes)
    • Stop at a beach, a promenade and a lookout tower that offer fantastic views of Mt Fuji and the lake
    • See the iconic mountain and the lake from a high-elevation panoramic viewpoint where cherry trees bloom in spring
    • Visit a park where vast fields of seasonal flowers foreground Fuji
  • Lunch break (typically 45 minutes)
  • Explore Fuji Sengen, an attractive Shinto shrine in a cedar grove (typically 30 minutes)
  • Our support car drives you to outstanding sites around Lake Kawaguchi where you'll sightsee on foot (typically 75 minutes)
    • Walk across a bridge that spans the lake, taking in panoramic views
    • Stroll beside rows of cherry trees on the waterfront, enjoying cherry blossom viewing in spring
    • Stop at the "Maple Corridor" and "Momiji Tunnel," viewing Fuji framed by colorful leaves in autumn
    • Visit a flower park where colorful blooms foreground Mt Fuji and the lake
  • Short break for snacks
  • Our support car takes you to must-see attractions around Lake Saiko (typically 75 minutes)
    • Stop at a beach where Mt Fuji is often reflected on the lake's surface
    • Walk a short forest trail to a vista point where Fuji is framed by red pines
    • Visit an ancient village of thatched-roof houses where local artisans display traditional Japanese crafts
  • Day 1 of the tour concludes with drop off at your Kawaguchiko, Yamanakako or Saiko-area hotel
Day 2
  • Pick up by our support car at your hotel
  • Travel to the Aokigahara "Sea of Trees" Forest in our support car (typically 20 minutes)
  • Short walk in the Aokigahara Forest to see its moss-covered lava beds and lush oak and evergreen groves (typically 30 minutes)
  • Travel to Lake Shoji in our support car (typically 10 minutes)
  • Sightseeing on Lake Shoji (typically 45 minutes)
    • Stop at a little-known vista point with a unique and striking view of Mt Fuji
    • Visit a beach where Fuji can be seen across the lake
    • Stroll through a grove of cherry trees that bloom in spring and among maples whose leaves turn red in autumn
    • Short break for snacks
  • Travel to Lake Motosu in our support car (typically 15 minutes)
  • Sightseeing on Lake Motosu (typically 1 hour)
    • See Mt Fuji framed by aquamarine lake waters and lush forested mountainsides at high-elevation vista points
    • Walk down to the lakefront where Fuji rises behind crystal-clear waters
    • Stop to enjoy the view where the road winds through a beautiful lakeside forest
  • Lunch break (typically 1 hour)
  • Sightsee at the Asagiri Highlands where farms and cows foreground Mt Fuji (typically 30 minutes)
  • View Mt Fuji from the shores of Lake Tanuki (typically 45 minutes)
  • Short break for snacks
  • Visit Shiraito Falls and walk paths that provide diverse views of the waterfall and Mt Fuji (typically 45 minutes)
  • Travel to Yurari Spa in our support car (typically 40 minutes)
  • Relax in the gender-segregated hot spring baths at Yurari Spa, enjoying Mt Fuji views from the outdoor tub (typically 1 hour)
  • Tour concludes with drop off at your Kawaguchiko, Yamanakako or Saiko-area hotel or at Kawaguchiko Station

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